With the exception of certain sociopolitical strands of hip hop, electronic music, particularly dance music, is not something most people associate with protest song. But the times they are a-changin’, and so are musical focuses. While this issue of Electronic Beats Magazine features continued conversations with artists such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Cluster, whose music has served as the basis of so much of today’s house, techno and synthpop, we’ll also be scrutinizing lesser known corners of the sonic jungle, from the low-end innovations of car audio bass and Holly Herndon’s interest in Bell Labs to contributions to queer discourse by the likes of Terre Thaemlitz, The Knife and Planningtorock. It’s this combination of under- and overground stories that we hope will provide insight into the fluid tendencies of artistic influence, as well as help describe the ever-shifting musical points of reference of artists today and tomorrow.
Here’s an overview to whet your appetites:
– Interviews with Dave Gahan, Karl Bartos, Bass Mekanik, and Andrey A. Tarkovsky
– Kosmische Musik legend Hans-Joachim Roedelius sits down for a chat with German experimental/industrial maestro Asmus Tietchens
– The Knife, Planningtorock and Terre Thaemlitz discuss electronic music as a vehicle of protest against heteronormativity.
– A look at Budapest’s artistic vanguard in its struggle to maintain creative freedom amidst Hungary’s current wave of reactionary politics.
– 100% Silk and Not Not Fun label co-founder Amanda Brown discusses her style icon, the late, great Tina Chow.
– Wired’s Steven Levy argues for the primacy of print.
– The alphabet according to DJ Koze.
– Sonic Boom takes apart My Bloody Valentine’s m b v . . .
As always, the future was yesterday. But you can read about it now!
The Week in EB feature is a platter of the finest cuts of EB content, served up in one place, once a week. The idea is that it offers you an opportunity to catch up with what we’ve been getting excited about over the last seven days. Of course, it’s become a truism to remark that we live in an era of information saturation; where every day our attention spans are torn asunder by channels competing for our eyes and ears and keystrokes and mouseclicks. Nevermind all that, though, sometimes quality is where it’s at. Here’s the cream of the crop.
In the first episode of our new series assessing the impact of Depeche Mode, we speak with the electronic musician whose storied career encompasses the Neue Deutsche Welle innovations of Palais Schaumberg and the ambient house of The Orb.
In advance of his new EP for Hyperdub, we asked Chicago’s premier footwork producer, DJ, and former dancer about some of his favorite discoveries found during his travels.
Like a rather bedraggled and dusty phoenix, goth has rebirthed itself in a way that echoes its 30+ year history as well as explores new ground.
The member of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, engineer for Jay-Z & Kanye, and producer for Frank Ocean takes a break from his myriad activities to join BBF for a spell. A special sneak preview from our upcoming print magazine, out March 21st.
We take a deep breath and count to ten with the operator behind 100% Silk and LA Vampires, co-owner of Not Not Fun Records and former member of Pocahaunted.
Amanda Brown has consistently been at the forefront of underground music for several years now, whether with her husband, Britt Brown, helping to operate the Not Not Fun record label, showcasing the best of off-kilter American dance music with her own sister label 100% Silk, or via LA Vampires—her primary musical project after the dissolution of Pocahaunted.
While Pocahaunted, LA Vampires and Not Not Fun have dominated a strain of dubbed-out, particularly American lo-fi psychedelia, 100% Silk brings an underground edge to the dancefloor. With that unusual pedigree of savoir faire, we knew that Amanda wasn’t one to do it by the numbers.
1 memorable line in a film or song:
“Anything I did that was wrong, I apologize for. But anything I did that was not wrong, I don’t apologize for.” – Whit Stillman, The Last Days of Disco
2 decisions I regret:
Tour and touring.
4 things I haven’t done yet:
– Owned a flat in Paris.
– Opened my own minimalist department store.
– Bought my two French bulldogs—Bergdorf Goodman and Waldorf Astoria.
– G-chatted with Bjork.
5 things I used to believe:
– The term ‘oral sex’ means talking about sex.
– Paul McCartney was the Beatles’ guitarist.
– Drug-sniffing dogs can smell your birth control pills.
– Wifi gives you cancer.
– The Stormtroopers were good guys (because I’ve only seen the scene in Star Wars where Luke and Han Solo are wearing those white outfits).
6 hours ago…
I was googling “ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE MUG FOR SALE”.
7 classic R&B/hip-hop singles everyone should own:
– “Here We Go Again” – Portrait
– “Night and Day” – Al B Sure
– “Passin’ Me By” – Pharcyde
– “Umi Says” – Mos Def
– “Ditty” – Paperboy
– “Looking Through Patient Eyes” – PM Dawn
– “Can’t Find A Way” – A Tribe Called Quest
After 8 p.m. . . .
I’m wearing a raw silk kimono and Robert Clergerie slippers, drinking reishi mushroom tea, reading Lorrie Moore or watching a documentary on Pina Bausch. And I’m obviously in for the night.
My 9 lives . . .
– Nickelodeon Staff Writer
– runway model for Phoebe Philo
– Woody Allen’s personal assistant
– womenswear buyer for Barneys
– John Waters’ beard/best friend
– nude muse for Patrick Nagel
– body painter at Studio 54
– curator at the Centre Pompidou
– back-up dancer for Digital Underground
I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole:
Beer. Or the Middle East. (Both are sloppy.)~
Title photo by Ashley Anthony.
Ever since his first appearance on NFOP, Detroit’s Coyote Clean Up has enchanted us with psychedelic techno filtered through tape recorded, Peaking Lights-esque decayed atmospherics. Following his splendid tape release Frozen Solid on 100% Silk, Magma Mondays will be released via Time No Place, and might in fact be his most thoroughly crafted release to date. Here, Coyote Clean Up takes a steadier direction, playing with hypnotic contrasts of chillout and Detroit house, contantly transforming the colour scheme of his intellectual, slow-building productions.
Below is a brand new, slightly darker cut from the album, out digitally on November 19.